Can a Ketogenic Diet Meal Plan Help Someone With Epilepsy?


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The ketogenic diet is recommended as an alternative treatment for patients with epilepsy, in particular children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. While the diet is also effective in adults, it is rarely prescribed because of the difficulty of following the diet.

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Physicians may prescribe the ketogenic diet for patients who do not experience a reduction of seizures on medication, states the Epilepsy Foundation. Patients following the ketogenic diet consume 3 to 4 grams of fat for every gram of protein or carbohydrate that they consume. Half of all children on the ketogenic diet experience a 50 percent reduction of seizures, with up to 15 percent becoming seizure free.

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